Is it just me, or do you notice more people wearing summer attire in 40-degree weather?
Saturday night, in a Palmdale sandwich shop, a fellow strolled in wearing shorts, T-shirt, and flip-flops. It was 46 degrees and breezy.
Granted, he had a little, ahem, extra padding, but he didn’t appear to be cold at all. He created an interesting contrast to the rest of us, bundled in hoodies, jackets, wool hats and scarves.
It seems every day you see people in shorts. We live in Southern California, and it may not be Minnesota, but we do get winter.
I didn’t watch the college football playoff championship game Monday night — I thought it was a rerun.
Seriously, though, this was the third time in the five-year history of the current system it was Alabama vs. Clemson. What happened to the Big 12 teams?
Frankly, I liked the old Bowl Championship Series that ran from 1998 to 2013.
If you’ve ever had a package snatched from your porch, you will love the bill proposed by South Carolina state lawmaker Cezar McKnight.
The Democrat from Kingstree introduced a bill, “Defense Against Porch Pirates Act,” to make stealing packages a felony, punishable by up to $5,000 and five years in prison.
“It’s a serious problem,” McKnight said, as quoted in the Columbia Post and Courier. “We need something to catch the public’s attention and make it known South Carolina takes it seriously.”
McKnight pointed out that package theft is more than just the loss of someone’s Christmas toy. He said that’s because the theft has the potential of being a “life-altering event,” particularly if prescriptions are snatched from a porch, the Post and Courier reported.
The lawmaker represents a rural district, with no drugstores within 30 miles, so many elderly constituents receive their prescriptions by mail.
Unlike other thieves, package thieves never know what they’re stealing until they open it. Might be an expensive watch; might be a bag of almonds. Or the pills someone needs to survive.
It will be interesting to see if his bill becomes law. One thing we know — it would never stand a chance in California.
The news was filled over the weekend with all the good economic news — oh, not so much. The economy created 312,000 jobs, about double the predicted 160,000.
Instead we heard all about the shutdown and the latest media darling, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.
And we heard about the actor Christian Bale thanking Satan for inspiring him when he played Dick Cheney in a nonsense film.
The economy grew at 3.4% in the third quarter, despite predictions by the experts after the Trump tax cuts that they would linger around the 1.5% mark.
Former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers wrote in the Washington Post in May 2017:
“Apparently, the budget forecasts that U.S. economic growth will rise to 3.0% because of the administration’s policies — largely its tax cuts and perhaps also its regulatory policies. Fair enough if you believe in tooth fairies and ludicrous supply-side economics.”
Well, he’s right — it rose to 4.2%, not 3% by the second quarter of 2018.
We will no doubt continue to hear predictions from the exact same experts who got it wrong.
The media did correctly predict that John Kelly would be out as Trump’s chief of staff. He left at the end of last year. They predicted it about once a month since Kelly took over in July 2017.
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South Carolina lawmaker wants to get tough on porch pirates.